The Production Red is a hybrid chicken bred primarily from the Rhode Island Red and New Hampshire (so it definitely has a lot of RIR, and some of them might actually be pure RIR, just not up to RIR standards). I think it's big enough to be a decent-sized meat bird, but was primarily bred to be very good layers of lots of brown eggs. They're not really super heat tolerant, but are fine in the cooler months Production Reds are a medium, fairly pure red, with the exception of a possible smaller black marking on their tail feathers (like RIRs have). They'd be great for people wanting lots of nice brown eggs and friendly birds.
- Breed Purpose:
- Not broody
- Climate Tolerance:
- Cold tolerant
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Pretty docile
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large fowl
- APA/ABA Class:
Production Red hen
- Average User Rating:
Recent User Reviews
"Simple but great breed"
Pros - SO super friendly, and pretty docile
VERY good layer (5 - 7 eggs a week)
Pretty tolerant of some things
Not that loud
Occasional double yolkers from her
Fairly early maturing
Cons - When not double yolkers, her common egg size is somewhat small
Not THEE calmest bird around
Low in the pecking order
My Production Red, Emma, is a fairly chill girl. She started laying at an earlier age...may've been my first layer (at roughly nineteen-weeks old).
She usually gives me smaller or medium sized eggs most days, but periodically has been giving me large double yolkers!
She's not the lowest on the pecking order (my EE is), but is low on it.
Overall, they're simple but very nice birds...and good pets.
Emma's eggs; the two on the left are her occasional double yolkers, and the two on the right are her more common small eggs.
"Some information about production reds"
Pros - Great pictures
Cons - Misinformation in this article
Nice pictures but this article is written by someone who I think just got these birds . To say they are good for meat “ I think “ is totally wrong , when a production red is done laying it is skin and bones and giving all they have to lay that egg .